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Title: Ethics in action: consent-gaining interactions and implications for research practice
Authors: Speer, Susan A.
Stokoe, Elizabeth
Keywords: Ethics
Informed consent
Conversation analysis
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Wiley © The British Psychological Society
Citation: SPEER, S.A. and STOKOE, E., 2012. Ethics in action: consent-gaining interactions and implications for research practice. British Journal of Social Psychology, 53(1), pp. 54-73.
Abstract: This article deals with the topic of social psychological research methods in practice, by examining how informed consent is gained from research participants. In most research, the consent-gaining process is hidden from analytic scrutiny and is dealt with before data collection has begun. In contrast, conversation analytic research, which records interactional encounters from beginning to end, enables examination of this methodological ‘black box’. We explored how ‘requests’ to consent in research played out across different institutional settings. We found that participants had to ‘opt-out’ of a research process that was already underway. Consent-gaining sequences constrained opting out in two ways: (1) because research activity was already underway, it must be stopped affirmatively by participants; (2) consent-gaining turns were tilted in favour of continued participation, making opting out a dispreferred response. We also found a mismatch between what ethics guidelines specify about consent-gaining ‘in theory’ and what actually happens ‘in practice’. Finally, we make suggestions about interventions in and recommendations for existing practice to best achieve informed consent.
Description: This is the accepted version of the following article: Ethics in action: consent-gaining interactions and implications for research practice, which was published in final form in the British Journal of Social Psychology [Wiley © The British Psychological Society] at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12009
Sponsor: This work was supported by the UK Economic and Social Research Council Identities and Social Action Programme [grant numbers RES-148-25-0029 and RES-148-25-0010].
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12009
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13261
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12009
ISSN: 0144-6665
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